Bring On Wedding Season!
That’s right, it’s May, and you know what that means — wedding season is here. If you’re between about 23 and 33, there’s a good chance that you are going to spend every other weekend this summer at a friend’s wedding. If you’ve been through a few years of this, you probably have a couple of stand-by dresses that you whip out if you need them, but the chances are you still sometimes get invitations to events for which you just don’t have anything appropriate. I’m a big advocate of making an effort to find wedding-appropriate clothes out of respect for both the couple getting married and the venue. (Even if you think some of the rules are old-fashioned, is it worth the risk of offending the bride or the groom’s mother on their big day?) What’s wedding appropriate, though, definitely varies depending on the venue, the time of year, the time of day, and the couple.
The Femmeiniste style advisors have received a request for fashion assistance for attending an outdoor wedding in Cincinnati this August. The extra twist? She’s the sister of the groom. While she has wedding-appropriate dresses, well, you can’t wear the same dress you’ve worn to the weddings of several cousins to your brother’s wedding too. (The earful from the family about that might last the rest of your life!)
If you’re not setting foot inside a church, sleeveless dresses become fair game. Of course you still need to look like you’re going to a wedding and not a picnic unless the event is pretty informal, but if there’s not going to be a mass, the standards change a little. For an outdoor wedding, comfort becomes more important. Cincinnati may not officially be the south, but it’s not Churchill, Manitoba, either. Heavy satins will look silly and cause you to poach in your dress, and anything that’s going to show the sweat the second you start to “glow” is a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t forget the wedding pictures!
So, our girl is blonde and divinely fair (may we recommend sunblock for this occasion?), tall, and although she’s slender, does have hips. Here are our picks for outdoor wedding dresses for her this summer.
We’ve said this before, but Trina Turk is a great source for nicer summer dresses. I’m a big fan of the dress at top, which also comes in tomato at Revolve — it’s cut with just enough venting to keep you from boiling while still looking ladylike enough for someone attending a family wedding. The colorblocked Seagull dress is also totally family appropriate:
Our girl is also fond of purple — here are a couple of gorgeous options, both with flowy skirts that are both great for keeping you cool on a hot day and perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to show off too much booty in the wedding photos.
The second dress, incidentally, is also available in blue. Being gorgeously fair, she can also get away with a great summery color that is just a no for me — yellow.
There are also a host of florals available, from tailored sheaths to flowy silk. (Trust me, florals are a Midwestern wedding classic!) I particularly liked these two:
Anyone have other suggestions?